Hunting Suspended Among Rumors That Jericho, Cecil’s Brother, Is Killed

JOHANNESBURG (Los Angeles Times/TNS) -

In the wake of an international furor over the death of a well-known lion, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority has suspended the hunting of wildlife in areas outside of Hwange National Park.

The announcement Saturday, days after the fatal shooting of Cecil the lion, said hunts would be allowed only if authorized by the head of the wildlife authority and if hunters were accompanied by parks staff.

On Saturday, a Zimbabwe conservation group said that Jericho, the brother of Cecil the lion, had been shot dead by hunters.

But conflicting reports said that Jericho was still alive.

Cecil was lured from a protected national park in Zimbabwe and killed in early July in a bow-and-arrow hunt described as illegal by Zimbabwean authorities, who said Friday they were seeking the extradition of a Minnesota dentist who is reported to have paid $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil, an iconic black-maned lion.